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WranglerNetwork.com will livestream the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., April 5 at 10:45 a.m. (ET), April 6 at 7:30 p.m., April 7 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and April 8 at 2:30 p.m. (live scoring only) … ProRodeoLive.com will broadcast the RNCFR April 5 at 10:45 a.m. (ET), April 6 at 7:30 p.m., April 7 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and April 8 at 2:30 p.m. … The following PRCA executive council members have been elected (or re-elected) and will serve two-year terms, which started April 1: rodeo committee representative at large – George Combs of Reno, Nev.; rodeo committee representative for rodeos with added money $50,000.01 or greater – James Miller of Red Bluff, Calif.; rodeo committee representative for rodeos with added money of $10,000 or less – Steve Gander; contract personnel, clown/bullfighter – Robert Blue Jeanes; contract personnel, announcer/music director – Jesse Knudsen; contestant event representative, saddle bronc – Jacobs Crawley; contestant event representative, steer wrestling – Matt Reeves; contestant event representative, steer roping – JP Wickett; stock contractor representatives – Mike Corey and TJ Korkow … The next PRCA Rodeo Camp will be April 14 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MT). Registration is required at http://www.prorodeo.com/prorodeo/rodeo/youth-rodeo ... The Historic Fort Worth Stockyards will be the scene for the next Rodeo Clown Reunion, to take place July 27-29. July 28 is the National Day of the Cowboy. The Fort Worth Stockyards Coliseum is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the First Indoor Rodeo held there. There are usually 18 states represented, as well as Canada, and the honorees range in age of 50 to 92. The honorees will don their old costumes and familiar makeup and sign autographs for spectators at the rodeo and other events, including a parade, in and around the Stockyards.  For more information, contact Chairman Gail Woerner at rodeogal@airmail.net or 512.426.8668 … According to KCBD TV, an NBC affiliate in Lubbock, Texas, this won't be the last year of the ABC Pro Rodeo, regardless of the May 5 city vote to abandon the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium and Coliseum. City Council District 3 Representative Jeff Griffith says the city council has an agreement with Texas Tech University in Lubbock that the rodeo will be held in the Coliseum in 2019. If the city votes in favor of turning the Coliseum over to Texas Tech on May 5, the university won’t demolish the building until after the 2019 ABC Pro Rodeo. While it isn’t a long-term fix, it does buy the American Business Club and city of Lubbock some time to find a new venue for the event. The 2018 ABC ProRodeo was March 29-31. Councilman Griffith told KCBD TV, “We’re going to have to hope our timetable is good, it’s never perfect, but we are dedicated. There’s an ad hoc committee in place today to go forward and study and look at a dirt event center that is made for rodeo. The Coliseum is not made for rodeo. It’s adapted. We need a logistical place that has much more acreage.” As of right now, there is no exact timeline for a dirt event center but, pending the city vote on May 5, Griffith is confident things are headed in the right direction … The Greeley (Colo.) Stampede is offering a fundraising challenge for local groups and nonprofits. Groups have the opportunity to sell tickets to the Greeley Stampede’s Faith & Family Night headlining concert, Matthew West with special guest Zach Williams, to raise money for the group. Participating groups also will have the opportunity to win a meet-and-greet with West. The 2018 Greeley Stampede is on tap June 22 through July 4. For every regularly-priced ticket sold for the Matthew West concert June 24, the Greeley Stampede will donate $5 back to that organization. For every 25 tickets sold, the group will receive a pair of free tickets to the concert. The group that sells the most tickets through the fundraiser will win a group photo with West during his meet-and-greet before to the concert. “We are excited to see local groups rise to this challenge,” ticket office manager Tawnya Garcia said in a press release. “It’s fun to see these groups come together and have a good time at the event, and to help groups meet their fundraising goals.” To be qualified for the $5 reimbursement, groups must sell a minimum of 25. The tickets must be sold between April 2 and May 15. The fundraising challenge group ticket orders must be placed on or before 12 p.m. (MT) on May 16. Tickets must then be distributed by the groups that sold them. To enter the challenge, groups can submit their application at www.greeleystampede.org/p/fundraising-challenge. Participating groups will be listed on the Stampede website for those that are interested in purchasing tickets through the fundraiser. For questions and comments about the Fundraising Challenge, email katie@greeleystampede.org.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“You know, rodeo, it’s a lot more than just a sport. It’s a heritage. It’s a way of life. It’s the way I was raised growing up on a ranch and the Western way of life. This is a sport that showcases the skills we use daily.”

            ­­­– PRCA saddle bronc rider/bareback rider and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo rodeo coach Ben Londo in the April 1 edition of the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

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